Imagine not being allowed to go outside, have a shower or drink cold water for an entire month. It might sound like a kind of house arrest. But every year tens of millions of Chinese women submit to this willingly. This is the traditional Chinese practice of confinement during the month after childbirth, with some modern twists.
Baby Momo and his mother, Wu Lili, haven't left the three rooms of an apartment in Beijing for 29 days now. It's the last day of their traditional 30-day confinement period.
Robert Siegel talks with Jerry Micco who is assistant managing editor for sports at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. They discuss the Pirates, who are currently in first place in their division. Micco, a Pittsburgh native, talks about why this season is so different from previous ones.
New York City is suffering through the first official heat wave of the year. And it's a doozy, with temperatures expected to flirt with 100 degrees by the end of the week. Many on the job at Coney Island are trying to stay cool.
Michele Bachmann is feeling both the glow and the heat of the national spotlight this week. The GOP candidate is surging in national polls, gaining on frontrunner Mitt Romney. But that good news has been overshadowed to some degree by a series of reports about chronic migraine attacks that are so severe that they have lead to hospitalization.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week that Whitebark pine trees should be protected as an endangered species — but the agency will not list the trees as threatened or endangered because of a lack of funding. The trees are a critical part of the ecosystems of the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada but have been dying at alarming rates due to the effects of climate change.